October 12, 2012


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ALVEAL, Barbara J., 56, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Sept. 22. Wife of Bruno Alveal. Mother of Eric and Kevin Alveal. Daughter of Virginia Crockett. Sister of Leslie Lentz, Cynthia Mazelin, Sylvia Thorne, Shannon, Christopher and Stephen Crockett.

ARENS, Donald E., 78, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Husband of Roberta Arens. Father of Patti Coyle, Pam Neargardner and Kristi Arens. Brother of Bob Arens. Grandfather of eight.

BEAVERS, Donald L., 81, St. Anne, New Castle, Sept. 27. Husband of Rita Beavers. Father of Karen Cox and Linda Lynch. Brother of Millard Beavers. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

COLLINGS, Daniel B., 81, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 26. Husband of Martha Collings. Father of Kathleen Botkins, Janice Dickman, Marianne Hudgens, Angela McKinney, Bill, Jay and Paul Collings. Brother of Doris Haller. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of two.

FYFFE, Frank O., Jr., 87, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 15. Husband of Nora (Eggers) Fyffe. Father of Laura Cummings, Deborah Nobbe, Patti Teague, Daniel, Dennis and Mark Fyffe. Brother of Judy Crooke, Joann Hagan, Donna, David and James Fyffe. Grandfather of 35. Great-grandfather of eight.

HABIG, Harold Thomas, 56, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Sept. 28. Husband of Tracy (Biltz) Habig. Father of Adrian, Desarae, Grace and Will Habig. Brother of Beverly McClory and Jerry Habig. Grandfather of four.

HERBERT, Alma M., 72, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 23. Mother of Lynn Stowell and Rod Herbert. Sister of Anna Mae Callahan, Myrtle Hildebrand, Evelyn Hornberger, Carol Knue, Thelma Shornick, Arnold, Roger and Ronald Dierckman. Grandmother of four.

KIPPER, Euldean, 97, St. Mary, North Vernon, Sept. 11. Mother of Peggy Martin, Debbie Siefker, Dennis and Joe Kipper. Sister of Mardonna Wheeldon. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of six.

KIPPER, Judy, 65, St. Mary, North Vernon, Sept. 16. Wife of Dennis Kipper. Mother of Traci Ashley and Craig Kipper. Sister of Bruce and Mike Wilds. Grandmother of one.

KOHRMAN, Luella M., 83, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 27. Mother of Patricia Harmeyer, Donna Mann, Barbara Scott and Nancy Siefert. Sister of Earl and Harold Klosterkemper. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of six.

KUNTZ, Helen M., 94, St. Boniface, Fulda, Sept. 22. Mother of Betty Garland, Doris Graman, Judy Smith, Benedictine Sister Romaine Kuntz and Charles Kuntz. Sister of Irene Dixion. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13.

MADDEN, Charles, 85, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 23. Husband of Ethel Madden. Father of Janet Charles, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, Brian, Charles, Joseph, Lee, Paul and Stephen Madden. Brother of Francis Madden. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of 11.

MAIO, Trieste Julia, 97, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 17. Mother of Gina West, Joseph and Michael Maio. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 24.

McANDREWS, Joseph, 89, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Husband of Edna (Leonard) McAndrews. Father of Monica and Patrick McAndrews. Brother of Sophia Whalen. Grandfather of four.

PEARSON, Peer R., 83, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 17. Husband of Lucille Pearson. Father of Beth Steinwalt, Linda, Mary, Ruth and Pete Pearson. Stepfather of Cathy VanMeter, Jon and Kevin Luttrell. Brother of Eric Pearson. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of several.

ROEMBKE, H. Scott, 51, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Husband of Darcy Roembke. Father of Christopher Roembke. Son of Harry and Mary Lou Roembke. Brother of Diane Bohannon, Peggy Schleter, Carol, Bradd, Greg and Mark Roembke.

SANDERS, Harry Joseph, 68, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 20. Husband of Paulette (Mangus) Sanders. Father of Celeste Willis, Devin and Greg Sanders. Brother of Sharon Steele. Grandfather of five.

STRATMAN, Cora Ann (Doyle), 97, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 24. Mother of Sandra Campbell, Denise, Sandra and Terry Stratman. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of four.

TAYLOR, Cameron Joseph, 18, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Sept. 24. Son of Mark and Tracie Taylor. Brother of Anna and Daniel Taylor. Grandson of Don and Marylla Millard, Patricia Mozley and William Taylor.

VANATTI, Joyce T., 74, Assumption, Brazil, Sept. 10. Mother of Danita Maybaugh, Lisa, David and Leonard Vanatti. Sister of Lolita Tondelli. Grandmother of six.

VOI, Doris M., 87, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Sept. 25. Mother of Jeaneen Baker, Joan Chase, Joyce Kaiser, Julie Shaw, Jennifer and Timothy Voi. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 11.

WATERS, Les, 99, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Sept. 8. Husband of Mary Lou Waters. Father of Donna Boles, Linda Dro and Robert Waters. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of three.

WATSON, Genevieve A., 92, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Mother of Bob and Tom Watson. Sister of Frank Watson. Grandmother of four.

Providence Sister Beth Kelso taught languages at high schools and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Providence Sister Beth Kelso, the former Sister Thomas Aquinas, died on Sept. 23 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 96.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 26 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Elizabeth Carroll Kelso was born on Feb. 29, 1916, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 12, 1936, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1938, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1944.

Sister Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, master’s degree in Latin at Loyola University in Chicago and master’s degree in Spanish at Indiana University in Bloomington.

During 76 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a teacher for 30 years at Catholic high schools in Indiana, Illinois, California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, Sister Beth taught at the former Ladywood Academy in Indianapolis from 1956-58 and former St. Agnes Academy in Indianapolis from 1959-68.

In 1969, she joined the faculty of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and taught there until she retired from teaching in 1987.

In 2002, she moved to the motherhouse and enjoyed doing volunteer service.

In 2009, Sister Beth dedicated herself to the ministry of prayer full-time with the senior sisters.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence or Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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